The Best Quilt & Doona in Australia for 2022

This guide will help you find the best Quilt and Doona in Australia. Buying the perfect quilt is an investment to help you get a good nights sleep. This list covers a wide range of quilt brands including Australian wool quilts, cotton quilts, feather, tencel and microfibre quilts.

So what do you call a quilt? Duvet, Doona and Quilt are used interchangeably in Australia.  We generally refer to them as quilts in this review.

Bedding is essential for a good nights sleep.  That is why it is worth investing in the best mattress, the best pillow and best quilt. People underestimate the importance of a high quality quilt. This is because your temperature during the night has a big influence on your sleep quality.  So you should you look for a quality quilt and the right quilt for your body temperature and local climate.

What is the best quilt type right now?  As we approach winter you should consider a quilt that has more filling and is designed to keep you warm during the cold nights. For more tips, we have provided a guide to finding the best quilt below.

Let's go through our top picks in detail.

THE TOP 9 BEST QUILTS IN AUSTRALIA

#GoKindly Wool Quilt

Wool Quilt

Highlights:

  • Luxury feel and comfort
  • Wool Quilt designed for Winter or All Seasons
  • Australian Made
  • 120 night refund policy
  • Every Quilt you buy supports a woman experiencing homelessness
You can buy the Winter Quilt or All Seasons Quilt here.

#GoKindly Wool Quilt – is an Australian made quilt made from natural wool so it provides natural warmth and is breathable by helping regulate body temperature and moisture.  It has a luxury feel and gives you a comfortable nights sleep. 

An Australian study showed wool is a top performing sleep material. Sleepers using wool fell asleep twice as quickly compared to polyester.

The Winter Quilt is perfect for the cooler months, keeping you warm and cozy.  Made with 500 GSM Pure Australian Wool filling.

They also make an All Seasons Wool Quilt that is ideal for most months. Made with 300 GSM Pure Wool filling.

This Quilt is sold here, so we are biased! But we think it's the best because it is a quality Quilt and 50% of profits support women experiencing homelessness. #GoKindly is one of the few bedding businesses in Australia that are certified as a B Corp, meeting the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility and impact.

The Wool Quilt is priced at $225 for a Double All Seasons, including free delivery for most orders in Australia.

They even come in a Super King!  For those in Melbourne, Click & Collect is available. 

Features

  • Filling: 100% Pure New Australian Wool
  • Warmth Rating: All Season or Winter warmth
  • Made in: Australia
  • Sizes: Single, Double, Queen, King, Super King
  • Return Policy: 120 night trial money back guarantee

 

Ettitude Organic Bamboo Whitehaven

Bamboo quilt

Highlights:

  • Bamboo Quilt
  • Summer weight
  • Vegan friendly
Purchase this quilt here

The Ettitude Organic Bamboo Whitehaven is made from 100% Breathable bamboo.  The properties of Bamboo help it manage moisture and give a soft silky feel.  They make a low filled quilts with 200 gsm that is ideal for summer or hot climates. 

We really love how this quilt is PETA Approved and is Vegan friendly. Cleaning a quilt is not easy so like most quality quilts they recommend that this is Dry Cleaned only. Bafflebox stitching help hold the filling in place to prevent the quilt filling sliding around from one side to another.  

Priced at $206 for a double but not always in stock so it is worth reaching out to them to ask for lead time.

Features

  • Filling: 100% Bamboo
  • Warmth Rating: Summer
  • Made in: Overseas
  • Sizes: Queen, King, Super King
  • Return Policy: 30 night trial

 

Bambi Tencel Ecorenew

Bambi quilt

Highlights:

  • Soft and luxury feel
  • Option for hot sleepers
You can visit the Bambi website here

Bambi Tencel Ecorenew has the feel of luxury that is responsibly made here in Australia.  The quilt is made from Tencel, a pulp from Eucalyptus trees that is vegan friendly.  The feel of the quilt is described as a 'silky feel'.

Priced at $779 for an all season double.  The quilt comes in a number of loft and weights including a mid-weight GSM.

Machine washable and easy care. Good moisture wicking for hot sleepers and naturally hypo-allergenic. This quilt has been approved by Sensitive Choice  that means they have been considered to have 'potential benefit to people with asthma and allergies'.

Features

  • Filling: 100% Tencel
  • Warmth Rating: Ranges from Summer to Winter and Low to High loft
  • Made in: Australia
  • Sizes: Single, Double, Queen, King, Super King
  • Return Policy: No returns but there is a 5 year guarantee

Sheridan Deluxe Dream

 Sheridan quilt

Highlights:

  • Lightweight
  • Polyester material easy to care for but may not be suitable for hot sleepers
You can buy this quilt here

The Sheridan Deluxe Dream is priced at $299 for a Double.  If you prefer a light weight quilt then this is a good option as it has polyester fill of 250 gsm. It has a luxury feel because of the light, cloud like filling.  However, the polyester filling can create heat and impact the ideal sleep temperature for some.

One benefit of the this quilt is that it is considered an easy to care option and is machine washable. Like all quilts we recommend you read the care instructions before washing to make sure you don't ruin your beautiful quilt!  The quilt is finished off with classy piping and a 100% cotton outer. Poly inner, with cross stitching to hold filing in place so it evenly distributes on your bed.  

Features

  • Filling: 100% polyester fibre
  • Warmth Rating: All Seasons weight
  • Made in: China
  • Sizes: Single, Double, Queen, King, Super King
  • Return Policy: No returns


Tontine Lux All Season

Tontine quilt

Highlights:

  • A cheaper alternative
  • Polyester material that may not be suitable for hot sleepers
Visit Tontine to buy this quilt

Tontine Lux All Season is approved by Sensitive Choice, making it a good choice for Asthma and Allergy sufferers.  This is a great value buy with a double quilt priced at $114.95.  There is a softness feel of the quilt and it provides a good balance of warmth that makes it useable for most of the year.  

We consider this to be a medium, lightweight poly quilt that is a good All Seasons option.  Poly is not as breathable as Bamboo or Wool so we suggest that hot sleepers look at an alternative. This quilt is machine washable but follow the instructions on the bedding.  Unlike many other quilts in the market, this is proudly Australian made.

Features

  • Filling: 100% Polyester
  • Warmth Rating: Medium - All Seasons
  • Made in: Australia
  • Sizes: Double, Queen, King
  • Return Policy: No returns unless faulty

 

Adairs Ultimate Siberian Goose Down

Adairs goose quilt

Highlights:

  • Goose Down with a luxury soft feel
  • A warm but light Winter Quilt
  • Premium price
Visit Adairs to buy this quilt.

Adairs Ultimate Siberian Goose Down is a quilt full of luxury.  At a premium price of $899.99 for a double (or $629 for members) this won't be suitable for most but if you have the budget it won't disappoint. 

The Down has a light feather weight but given it's warming properties, has a 5 star warmth rating with GSM 317.  This makes it suitable for cooler climates and for cold sleepers.  While the GSM may be low compared to other quilts, the Goose Down retains its heat well.

For such a luxury quilt, dry cleaning is recommended. Customers say it is 'like sleeping on a soft cloud'.

Features

  • Filling: Minimum of 85% Goose Down
  • Warmth Rating: Very warm - Winter
  • Made in: Overseas
  • Sizes: Single, Double, Queen, King, Super King
  • Return Policy: No returns unless faulty

 

Bed Bath N’ Table Classic Goose

Bed n bath quilt

Highlights:

  • A warm Winter Quilt
  • Not recommended for people with allergies
You can find this quilt here

Bed Bath N’ Table Classic Goose by Morgan & Finch is made for cooler winter seasons with a 8.5 warmth rating.  The Double is priced at $479 (or $336 for members). 

While this is a warm quilt, it is a smart design with the ability to flatten to reduce the insulation and making it cooler.  If you wanted to make it warmer, simply fluff it up and this increases the insulation and the warmth.  The Box stitch construction assist with providing a long life for this luxury quilt and prevents shifting of the fill. The care instructions advise to Dry Clean only. 

Features

  • Filling: Minimum of 80% Goose Down
  • Warmth Rating: Very warm - Winter
  • Made in: Overseas
  • Sizes: Single, Double, Queen, King, Super King
  • Return Policy: 14 days

    PureZone Cotton Quilt

    The PureZone Cotton Quilt is priced at an affordable $185 for a double. As the name suggests this is a 100% cotton fill quilt at 300 GSM. The outer is 100% Japara cotton.

    Why is cotton a good option?  Natural fabric that helps with temperature regulation. Studies have shown that Cotton has breathable properties and is a great choice for hot climates or hot sleepers. 

    Machine washable. Lightweight and easy care.

    Highlights:

    • Affordable Cotton Quilt ideal for warm climate
    • Breathable
    • All Seasons
    Visit PureZone here.

     

    Features

    • Filling: 100% Cotton
    • Warmth Rating: Medium - All Seasons
    • Made in: China
    • Sizes: Single, Double, Queen, King
    • Return Policy: 14 days

      BeddingCo Organic Mulberry Silk

      Mulberry quilt

      Highlights:

      • Mulberry Silk Filling
      • Soft cloud feel
      • All Seasons
      You can buy this quilt here by visiting Beddingco

      BeddingCo Organic Mulberry Silk gives you a beautiful soft feel.  The filling is made from 100% mulberry silk that is rated as A Grade and organic.  The All seasons is priced at $239 for a Double.

      The quilt is suitable for milder climates so if you are in a cooler climate and looking for a winter quilt we suggest you consider other options. The quilt is double stitched, preventing the filling bunching up and helping to evenly distribute the silk.  To back up the quality, it comes with a 5 year warranty and is Dust mite resistant. 

      Features

      • Filling: 100% Mulberry silk
      • Warmth Rating: Medium - All Seasons
      • Made in: Overseas
      • Sizes: Single, Double, Queen, King
      • Return Policy: 120 days but in original condition

        Another quilt that is worth looking at is the Mini Jumbuk Everyday Wool.  It is Australian made and you can buy the Mini Jumbuk here.  


         For a summary of the Quilt recommendations see below:

        Quilt Filling  Double priced from
        #GoKindly All Seasons Quilt Wool  $225
        Ettitude Organic Bamboo Whitehaven Bamboo $206

        Bambi Tencel Ecorenew

        Tencel $779
        Sheridan Deluxe Dream Poly $299
        Tontine Lux All Season Poly $115
        Adairs Ultimate Siberian Goose Down Goose down $899
        Bed Bath N’ Table Classic Goose Goose down $479
        PureZone Cotton Quilt Cotton $185
        BeddingCo Organic Mulberry Silk Silk $239

         

         

        A guide to finding the best Quilt

        Seasons and Climate

        You want to research for a range of quilts that considers your season, climate and region. For instance, Queenslanders tend to go with bamboo, lighter wool filling and cottons as they are more breathable. Melbournians and Tasmanians tend to need heavier wool and down.

        We recommend that you change your quilt for different seasons to obtain the most comfortable temperature. 

        Cheaper quilts tend to have high heat retention that means that they do not regulate your body temperature well especially is warmer climates. 

        Quilt Materials

        Quilts come in a range of fibres, each with pro’s and cons. Whatever you decide on, we recommend getting the highest quality you can afford, as they will usually last longer and contribute to less waste and landfill. Most quilt casings are made from 100% cotton and/or bamboo. Also consider if you are an allergy sufferer or co-sleep with someone who is.  If you are a hot sleeper we recommend buying a breathable quilt.

        A consideration of the type of quilt material is whether you prefer a lightweight versus heavy weight quilt.  Weighted blankets have become popular because the pressure stimulation is believed to relax your body.  If you are looking for a heavier quilt we recommend a wool quilt because of its natural properties that allow for great breathability compared to other materials.  

        Here are some key points about the most popular filling you should consider before choosing the perfect quilt for you:

        Wool Quilts – natural, breathable, warm, and medium to heavy and dense. Long lasting, hypoallergenic.

        Cotton Quilts – natural, soft, light weight (although can be made thicker in some cases), vegan, hypoallergenic

        Bamboo Quilts - Natural, heavier-duty, ethical, can take longer to dry, good moisture wicking, vegan, good for those will allergies

        Down and feather Quilts – natural, however not ethically sourced. Hard wearing and long lasting. They are known for being fluffy, comfy and warm.

        Microfibre Quilts – easy care, machine washable, fast air drying. Easy to clean for children and light weight. Durable and long lasting, good for those with allergies, while still having that fluffy feeling of down and feather.

        In recent years weighted blankets have become popular.  Similarly, some people feel greater comfort with a heavier quilt.  While others like a light and fluffy feel.  To get the weight that is right for you look out for the GSM (grams per square metre) which varies. Summer quilts are lower GSM, Winter quilts are higher. For instance, anything from 500GSM or above is suitable for winter, cooler sleepers and cooler climates.

        Quilt Materials Study

        An Australian study explored the impact on sleep quality when wearing sleepwear cotton, polyester and wool.  They tested participants for a variety of sleep variables including time taken to get to sleep, wakefulness, and Rapid Eye Movement (REM).

        Based on the study the worst performer was polyester. One of the key reasons is that it has 'poor moisture buffering compared to the more hygroscopic natural fibres', being cotton and wool.  Research has shows that a fall in core body temperature is connected to falling asleep.  Broadly, polyester is retaining too much heat to help you fall asleep quickly.

        Interestingly the study showed that Cotton had similar sleep quality results to polyester although it does have a better level of breathability.  The best performer was wool.  The natural 'fibre properties of the sleepwear' make wool a superior material that supports quality sleep.  The results showed wool was the best material for time to take to sleep, REM and participants had less fragmented sleep.

        What is the difference between a Duvet, a Doona and a Quilt?

         Nothing. They’re terms used interchangeably in Australia. Traditionally a Quilt was a hand sewn cotton blanket, and it is sometimes still a way to describe a hand-made patchwork quilt. However usually Duvet, Doona and Quilt are used interchangeably in Australia.

        Is a quilt a blanket?

        A blanket is traditionally a woven (usually woollen or cotton) single layered cover, where a quilt is a filled, double layed construction, which a cover is placed over.

        What is the best quilt filling?

        It depends on your preference, your climate and your values. Common fillings are wool, down, feather, microfibre, cotton and bamboo. All have pro’s and cons. You can learn more further down. 

        Which Quilts are the warmest?

        The Warmth of a quilt depends on the thickness (or GSM) of the quilt inner. All inners can be warm, depending on the thickness of the material, and the breathability you require for your climate and or body temperature.

        Is a quilt the same as a doona?

        Yes, in Australia Doona and Quilt are used interchangeably. 

        Are wool quilts good?

        Its difficult to classify as quilt as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ they all have a niche for certain climates and body-warmth types. Some are also better for allergies, some are vegan, some are easier to care for than others. Wool is a great quilt, if you’re after a heavier, dry clean option. See some options below.

        Is 500gsm wool quilt warm?

        500 GSM is considered as 'warm'. Anything between 350 to 450 GSM is called ‘all seasons.’ Anything above 450 GSM is suitable for winter and cooler climates.

        What is the difference between a quilt and a bedspread?

        A bedspread is designed to cover a bed, as a top covering. It is usually single layed, and not designed for warmth. It has no filling, and is usually decorative.
        What to consider when searching for a new Quilt:

        Seasons – Summer, Winter or all-rounder quilt?

        People living in climates like Melbourne, where the summers are warm and the winters chilly – often have 2 quilts, on rotation according to the weather. They find a lighter version is best for hot summer nights, and a thicker version better for Winter. Some prefer a second Medium style rather than an heavy winter quilt, which they add on top of their summer version, to save space and money.

                • Summer Quilt: Dry warm climates lend themselves to fillings such as bamboo, cotton and microfibre. Alternatively go with a light filling wool quilt. These are lighter, more breathable options which are better suited to warm and hot sleepers and warm climates. 
                • Winter Quilt: cold climates lend themselves to heavier fillings such as wool and down, and a heavy style cotton-wadding. Heavier microfibres are also suitable.


          Fill Pattern

          Fill Pattern of your Duvet refers to how the fill is kept in place inside your duvet. With feathers, wood and microfibre, you need to ensure that the fill is sewn into pockets which hold it into place, and ensure the fill is kept consistent. With cheaper duvets you may find that the fill patterns are not consistent and this will effect the warmth of the duvet. Most Duvets are filled into a square or diamond grid pattern, to keep the fill consistent.

          Cleaning and Maintenance

          Machine washable: You’ll find that cottons, bamboos and microfibres are easy care, machine washable doona’s. Usually they can be tumble dried – but we recommend air drying where possible. This gives the fibres time to rejuvenate, and sunshine kills germs.

          These fibres are good for children for instance, who may have accidents or get doona’s grubby.

              • Dry Clean - Down and Wools are not as easy to care for – and most are recommended for dry-clean only. We have personally washed ours on slow, gentle cycles, and air dried with no problems – but manufacturers do recommend dry cleaning only.
              • Sunshine – we’re big fans of sunshine for airing and refreshing bedding. Sunshine and some fresh air rejuvenates and kills germs
              • Guarantees - Most brands offer a 5 year warranty or guarantee. 

          Thickness and GSM

          Everyone likes a fluffy, soft comfortable duvet or quilt.

          GSM (Grams Per Square Metre) is often used to describe the thickness. It doesn’t necessarily equal warmth, but can be an indicator. A suggested indicator is 250gsm for warmer climates, 400-500gms for moderate and 600+ for colder climates. 

          Weight and space considerations Winter doona’s take up space – they’re usually heavier and bulkier.  So lets be real about the fact you’ll need to store them in summer in Australia. Think through where and how you would store yours. If you have limited space, we suggest that a mid-range option might be suitable, which will be less bulky and allow you to put it on top of our existing summer doona for extra warmth. The downside of this is that you will need 2 covers.

          Wool and down tend to be heavier than cotton and bamboo, so it does depend on the fibre you choose.

          Storage ideas

          Some storage options are underbed storage in the existing bag your doona comes in, simply fold it back up and store it under your bed. Other options include blanket boxes from Ikea and Kmart, or even folding it into an existing cover and storing it up high in a wardrobe or shelve.

          Wherever you store your doona’s in the ‘off’ season, make sure they are will protected and covered from dust mites. Especially if you are prone to allergies.

          Quilt Sizing

          Quilts come in standard sizes, from single through to King (and even Super King!). It depends on the size of your mattress and bed frame, which you would choose. Also take into consideration your bed linen – and match your quilt size to your linen to ensure you do not need to replace it with a new quilt. As a guide, we find that going up a size (for instance using a queen on a double bed can be a good way to get good coverage when you’re sleeping with someone who moves a lot in their sleep. This can also be a good way to get extra warmth from a summer or all-season quilt. The extra coverage ensures that cold air doesn’t sneak in.

          FINAL THOUGHTS

          With our guide we hope you have been able to find the best quilt for you to sleep comfortably.  Another key to a good nights sleep is choosing the best pillow and mattress.  They both, like a Quilt, can have an impact on your temperature when you sleep that is a key factor to getting a quality sleep.